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Monday, January 26, 2009

Activity and adventure breaks 2009: Get going! There's a whole world to explore

1. Private views

Follow in the footsteps of the great explorers and discover the world National Geographic-style. National Geographic Journeys – a new partnership between Titan HiTours, the escorted tours specialist, and the US-based National Geographic Society – will offer travellers such perks as tours with private access to museums, meetings with National Geographic experts around the world and specially arranged dinners in awe-inspiring locations.

Details: National Geographic Journeys (0800 988 5174;

2. Oman adventures

The buzz about the sultanate continues. Activity and adventure tours abound this year, including a new Biosphere conservation holiday: a liveaboard diving expedition charting the coral reefs of Oman's remote Musandam peninsula. Regaldive also newly explores the country's pristine reefs with liveaboard dive holidays. And Oman's rugged northern coastline has just become more accessible for non-divers with the launch of the world's fastest diesel-powered passenger ferry, linking remote regions with the capital.

For landlubbers, Pioneer Expeditions' new "full moon desert trek", guided by Bedu tribesmen, teaches how to tend camels, seek out desert fox, and use the stars as guides. read more...

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